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Avocado Key Lime Pie | A Raw Vegan Dessert

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When The Avocado’s Ripe…

There’s nothing worse than craving avocado, only to go to the store and find that they’re either premature or past their prime. So after reluctantly rounding up a handful of rock hard avocados, you head home…and wait. After a good 2-3 days of twiddling your thumbs, you head down to the kitchen, take a deep breath, gulp, and ahhhh a perfectly tender, ripe avocado!

Now it’s go time! You know that sucker’s not gonna last forever!

EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk
EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk

It Takes Two, Baby

On the rare occasion that I have an excess of perfectly ripe avocados, I like to get creative with them. There are so many ways to enjoy this deliciously healthy fat, besides just whipped up into guacamole. Don’t get me wrong, I think guac should be a food group, but, I was craving something sweet!

The other night we were invited to a vegan dinner party (yes, in Nebraska! LOL), and we were assigned to bring a dessert. I immediately turned to the ripe avocados and concluded,

nothing goes together better than avocado & lime!

EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk
EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk
EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk

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Avocado Key Lime Pie

There’s no better summer combo than avocado and lime! If you’re looking for something sweet and tart and nutritiously indulgent, then look no further than this totally raw treat! This dairy-free dessert is loaded with healthy fats and natural sugars, and is free of all the questionable stuff like dairy, oil, and gluten!

a dairy-free, gluten-free, oil-free, creamy & dreamy, tart ‘n’ tangy treat!

time: 20min prep, 2hr freeze // servings: 8-9


ingredients:

crust:

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

  • 1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates (8-10)

  • 2 teaspoons lime zest

  • dash of Himalayan salt

tart filling:

  • 2 avocados

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice

  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar (agave or maple syrup work too)

  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

steps:

  1. Place all crust ingredients into a food processor and process until sticky, uniform consistency is achieved. Press evenly into cupcake tray or tart pans. (I used this BPA-free silicone tray that works great)!

  2. Place tray into freezer and allow to harden while processing filling ingredients.

  3. Place all filling ingredients into blender or food processor and process until smooth, creamy consistency is achieved. Pour evenly into cupcake tray or tart pans and smooth tops with spoon.

  4. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours. Remove from freezer and let thaw for a couple of minutes. The longer the pie sits out, the more pudding-like it will become (it still tastes great), but serve and enjoy quickly if you prefer it to be solid!

notes:

  • Top with raspberry purée, fresh berries, shredded coconut, lime zest, and/or lime wedges

  • Store in the freezer for a few weeks in a sealed container once frozen through

  • About 200 calories for 9 cupcake-size servings

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EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk

Just The Facts

  • One avocado has twice the potassium of a banana, which can help reduce muscle cramps

  • The healthy fats in avocado aid in better absorption of key vitamins & minerals in other foods

  • Avocados are high in vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, some B vitamins, vitamin E, and fiber

  • Although they are not a strong source of protein, avocados do contain all 9 essential amino acids

  • Avocados are great for hair, skin, & nails when eaten and when used externally in personal care products

  • Avocado goes with anything and everything and should probably be a food group!

EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk
EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk

EatMoveRest.com | Raw Vegan Avocado Key Lime Pie | by Erin Stanczyk

Let’s Avo-cuddle

I hope you’re having an amazing summer, and that this recipe will hit the spot! I’ll let you in on a little secret—avocado makes for a fantastic first baby food!

Stay tuned on the EatMoveRest YouTube channel for a peak into Max’s first bite of solid food (coming soon), and a little run-through of his adorably hilarious reactions to a handful of our favorite fruits, veggies, and other plant-powered foods!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out one of our kid-friendly avocado smoothie recipes on our Favorite Baby Products video HERE!

Alright you guys, I’ve got a sweet little baby boy to go avo-cuddle with!

Designed For Your Lifestyle,

Erin

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bites + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bites + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

TREAT YOURSELF

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I'm sure we can all agree that temptations are running rampant around this time of the year between holiday parties and Grandma's baked goods. Treating yourself should be enjoyable, before, during, and after! Whenever I go to a holiday gathering, I don't show up empty-handed--instead, I use these festive times as an opportunity to take on a new challenge in the kitchen. I get the satisfaction of creating a new and delicious recipe, plus I don't have to worry about what to eat at the party! These Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bites are completely raw vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and they taste absolutely amazing!

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

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Caramel Apple "Cheesecake" Bites

These bite-size delights are full of raw, whole-food goodness, and they make for the perfect holiday treat! Honeycrisp apples, cinnamon spice, and ooey-gooey caramel drizzle make for a festive combo, and cheesecake made with raw nuts makes for a healthy dairy alternative!

raw vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, cinnamon-spicey + delicious

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crust ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2/3 cup dried mulberries (or raisins)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 4 teaspoons water

method:

  1. Grind almonds in a food processor. 
  2. Add mulberries and ground flax and continue grinding.
  3. Add water and pulse to incorporate. Dough should hold together when molded and shaped, if not, add more water.
  4. Press crust into mini cupcake or tart pans, and place into freezer while making creamy, apple cheesecake filling.
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

apple cheesecake filling ingredients:

  • 1 cup diced, peeled apples (I used Honeycrisp)
  • 1 cup raw, soaked cashews
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

method:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
  2. Spoon the apple cream into each of the tart crusts, and place back in the freezer to chill while making the caramel apple topping.
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

caramel apple ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lucuma powder (optional)
  • 1.5 tablespoons raw almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1 large apple, peeled and diced small

method:

  1. Whip all ingredients together except the apple to make caramel sauce. 
  2. Fold in the apple until evenly coated and place on top of the cheesecake tarts to serve!

 

note:

  • To brighten up your cheesecake bites, try adding pomegranate arils to the top of each! 
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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tartlets + A Peak At Our Holiday Home Decor

Feed Your Soul

EatMoveRest is all about finding balance between the three things we all do every day. To me, a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing home, or nest, is essential to overall well-being. There's nothing I love more than to get creative with the placement of special pieces throughout our home, especially around the holidays, and I very much consider the process not work, but Rest for my soul.

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

a white christmas

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor

Deck The Halls

We are Christmas elves, through and through! Dusty and I purchased our first home in the fall and moved in over Thanksgiving weekend, and immediately decked the halls for Christmas. We always feel that our humble abode is the most alive during the winter months, when we can embellish our surroundings with all of the decorations that made our house a home that very first year! 

Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest | A White Christmas: Holiday Home Decor

Have a sweet holiday

This holiday season, I pray that you all take the time to do whatever it is that gives your soul Rest--whether that be creating something with your hands, crafting a new recipe, going on an outdoor adventure, or simply spending more downtime by the fireside with loved ones. 

'Tis the season to practice self-love, self-care, and embody a spirit of Joy! 

I hope that all of you have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

 

See you in 2018!

 

Designed For Your Lifestyle,

Erin

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